Sawyer School In Hartford Behind On Rent Before Abrupt Closing

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The Sawyer School in Hartford — one of three schools offering occupational training that closed abruptly two weeks ago — was behind in its rent payments.

Edward Stockton, a commercial broker now marketing the Washington Street building for sale, told me the school hadn’t paid its rent for two months prior to the closing just before New Year’s.

State officials are investigating why the schools owned by Academic Enterprises Inc, ceased operations without the required 60-day notice.

A “For Sale” sign has appeared in front of the Sawyer School building in Hartford. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/

Signs protesting the closing still litter the steps of  Sawyer at 141 Washington St., but a new sign, a “For Sale” sign has joined the others.

Stockton said the 25,000-square-foot building is on the market for $2 million and has 100 parking space, half underneath the building.

With the school closing, owner L & B Enterprises of West Hartford decided to put the building up for sale, Stockton said.

Property records show L & B  has owned the 25,000-square-foot building since 1996 and paid $300,000 for it. L & B paid $300,000 for the building, according to those records.

Students at two Sawyer Schools, in Hartford and Hamden, and at the Butler Business School in Bridgeport learned just before New Year’s that the schools had ceased operations.




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